Power Sector And Other Related News Stories For Thursday November 30th 2023

Posted by News Room November 30, 2023

Institute to Arrest, Sanction Quacks in Power Sector

The Chartered Institute of Power Engineers of Nigeria (CIPEN) has vowed to arrest and sanction quacks as part of measures to sanitise the power sector.

President of the institute, Israel Abraham, who issued the threat at the inauguration of the institute and its governing council in Abuja recently in Abuja, said there was an urgent need to sanitise the power sector and as such, punitive measures must be adopted to save it from collapse.

“We will soon set a deadline for people in the sector to be certified because the institute has the onerous mandate to professionally drive the Nigerian power sector’s efforts towards realising the Nigerian Electric Power dream,” he said.



Nigerian Breweries Signs Deal With Daystar Power for a 4.2MWp Solar Plant  

Nigerian Breweries has signed a deal with Daystar Power for a 4.3 megawatts peak solar plant in its Lagos brewery. This is according to a November 28 statement by Daystar.

According to the statement, Daystar Power has been contracted to set up and manage a solar plant with a capacity of 4.2 megawatts peak (MWp) along with a 2-megawatt-hour (MWh) battery storage system.

This installation marks a significant step as one of the largest solar and battery storage projects tailored for an industrial manufacturer within Nigeria.



NERC Enforces Accident Penalties

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), has declared a zero-tolerance policy for accidents within the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) operational network.

Dafe Akpeneye, NERC Commissioner, Legal, Licencing & Compliance,who disclosed this during the second peer review meeting with Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) Licensees’ enforcement and compliance officers, expressed the agency’s dedication to ensuring safety and preventing accidents within the electricity sector, Akpeneye stated that every life is valuable.



Integrating Social Development Into Africa’s Energy Transition Plan

In many parts of the world – including my home country, Nigeria – social challenges can be a greater barrier to delivering the energy transition than the technical ones. The energy industry has historically been very good at managing complex engineering challenges, but we are still learning how best to manage the more human issues that can hold back our progress in crucial areas.

This was one of the major topics of conversation for the industry when I spoke at the Africa Oil Week in Cape Town, in October this year. What struck me was that although local circumstances may vary considerably from market to market, the abiding lesson is that it is very hard for a company to be successful if the communities around it do not share in that success.



‘Raising Electricity Access Will Drive Investment’’

Seplat Energy’s Director of External Affairs and Social Performance, Chioma Afe, has raised concerns about the adverse impact of the country’s high diesel imports on the foreign exchange reserves.

Nigeria spent $5.26bn importing electric generating sets, electric transformers, vacuum cleaners, hair clippers, and other electrical machinery and equipment in 2020 and 2021, according to data from the International Trade Centre.

Data from the Central Bank of Nigeria reveals a drop in Nigeria’s foreign exchange reserves to $33.23bn at the close of the third quarter of 2023. This represents a year-on-year decrease of $5.01bn compared to the $38.25bn recorded in September 2022.



Anambra Community Protests Estimated Electricity Bills, Insists on Prepaid Meters

Residents of Ozalla Obasi community in Idemili North Local Government Area Anambra State, have taken to the streets to protest against what they called “outrageous and irritative estimated electricity billing” by the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC.

The aggrieved residents, numbering over a thousand, including the aged ones, marched round Onitsha environs and the EEDC offices.

They also alleged that EEDC officials from Enugu and Onitsha were constantly using police personnel to harass and intimidate them in order to force them into paying the outrageous estimated electricity bills, even when electricity has not being supplied to the community for many months now.


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